Four well-dressed robbers forced guests at the Plaza and New York Hilton hotels into their rooms at gunpoint and stole cash and jewelry worth about $30,000, police said.
Police spokesman Hugh Barry said three men and a woman followed a couple from an elevator in the Plaza Hotel to their eighth-floor room at 8:35 p.m. Saturday, followed them into the room at gunpoint and robbed them of $450 in cash and $2,350 worth of jewelry.
At 9:45 p.m. at the New York Hilton, six blocks from the Plaza, three men and a woman followed two couples from an elevator into a room on the 35th floor, where they robbed them of $1,500 in cash and $25,000 in jewelry, Barry said. The four were believed to be the same who robbed the couple at the Plaza, he said.
The robbers "were well-dressed and spoke in a foreign language," possibly French, he said.